Kansas Department of Commerce http://kmuw.org en State Dept. Of Commerce Says Kansas Companies Grew About 6 Percent Last Year http://kmuw.org/post/state-dept-commerce-says-kansas-companies-grew-about-6-percent-last-year <p>The state Department of Commerce say Kansas companies grew by 6.46 percent last year.</p><p>The Department of Commerce's report on Thursday shows that Kansas' total exports were over $12 billion dollars.</p><p>Canada, China, Japan and Mexico were the state's top trading partners. The department says exports to China have grown by nearly $1 billion since 2011.</p><p>The sales of cereals and other agricultural products bumped the growth.</p><p>Cereal exports grew by $686 million, while meat products grew by $298 million dollars.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 16:34:36 +0000 Associated Press 30870 at http://kmuw.org Audit: State Overspent $1.5M In Tax Incentives http://kmuw.org/post/audit-state-overspent-15m-tax-incentives <p>A recent audit says the state has mishandled an economic development program. And in response, Gov. Sam Brownback says his administration will look at possible changes.<br><br>The Kansas Department of Commerce administers the PEAK program, short for Promoting Employment Across Kansas. It provides tax incentives for companies creating jobs in the state. The audit says the program overspent its $6 million budget for incentives last fiscal year by $1.5 million. Gov.&nbsp;Brownback says his office is studying the report.<br> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 12:13:03 +0000 Stephen Koranda 23487 at http://kmuw.org Brownback Praises Chinese Agriculture Partnership http://kmuw.org/post/brownback-praises-chinese-agriculture-partnership <p></p><p>Gov. Sam Brownback is celebrating an agreement between Kansas and central China's Henan province as a significant development in their trade relationship. Mon, 22 Jul 2013 23:12:20 +0000 Associated Press 20788 at http://kmuw.org State Officials Say Kansas Credit Strong Despite Recent Downgrade http://kmuw.org/post/state-officials-say-kansas-credit-strong-despite-recent-downgrade <p>State administration officials say they're confident that Kansas will retain a strong credit rating, despite a recent downgrade on bonds and concerns about the effect of state income tax cuts.</p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 12:10:20 +0000 Associated Press 20396 at http://kmuw.org Hawker Beechcraft Loses Incentives As Its Local Employment Dips http://kmuw.org/post/hawker-beechcraft-loses-incentives-its-local-employment-dips <p>Hawker Beechcraft says its total number of Kansas employees has fallen below the level required to receive the full state and local government incentives.</p><p>The aircraft manufacturer had 3,372 employees as of December 31st. The company was granted $45 million in incentives back in 2010 in exchange for committing to keep 4,000 &nbsp;people employed in Kansas for 10 years.</p> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 19:11:38 +0000 Associated Press 12008 at http://kmuw.org Registration Still Open For Skills Summit http://kmuw.org/post/registration-still-open-skills-summit <p>The Kansas Department of Commerce said Monday registration remains open for the Kansas Skills Summit next Monday in Wichita.</p><p>The event will feature Gov. Sam Brownback and industry and workforce leaders. It will feature presentations and a roundtable discussion on the best ways to recruit and train a skilled workforce.</p><p>The goal of the summit is to develop a system of industry-endorsed, third party credentials that can be used by Kansas businesses to standardize the skills and knowledge workers bring to the labor market.</p> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 19:57:13 +0000 Frank Dudgeon 7432 at http://kmuw.org